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Forthcoming Events

Developing an authentic curriculum with students as partners

Date: Thursday 22 March 2018

  • Lunch 12:30-13:00
  • Workshop 13:00-15:00

Venue: Alfred Denny Conference Room

When developing curricula that support students in developing their enterprising skills and capabilities, students are often important partners in co-design and co-creation. At this event, an innovative example from engineering will be presented, and participants will be encouraged to consider how they could involve students in the process of designing authentic enterprise learning experiences in their own contexts.

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Successful engagement with external partners


Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018

Time: 2-4pm

Venue: ICOSS Conference room

USE Academy launched in 2014 with an event that examined the challenges and benefits of engaging with external partners to provide authentic projects and learning experiences within the curriculum. This event will showcase resources developed by USEA since that event to support engagement with external partners, as well as examples of external engagement in the curriculum from across the university.

Speakers include Liz Alvey (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), Lyndsey Stanton (Department for Lifelong Learning), Giles Harrington (School of Languages and Cultures) and Adrian Jowett (School of Clinincal Dentistry).

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Past Events

Joined-up Assessment for Holistic, Authentic Subject Learning

Wednesday 13 December 2017

  • What are synoptic assessments and capstone projects?
  • What challenges might these techniques present to those implementing them?
  • What opportunities might they offer to staff, students, and external partners?

This event began with a talk from Dr Pete Mylon, University Teacher in Multidisciplinary Engineering Education. As a result of a fact-finding visit to several US HEIs earlier this year, Pete shared some insights on synoptic assessments and capstone projects developed as a result of his visit, and also drew upon a number of examples from the University of Sheffield itself, as well as underpinnings and evidence from the learning and teaching literature.

Pete demonstrated how these methods can provide opportunities for students to work with external partners on real briefs, and to develop a deeper, more holistic view of their subject – resulting in greater levels of engagement and more effective outcomes.

Following Pete’s talk, a select gathering of delegates stayed for a workshop led by the University of Sheffield Enterprise Academy (USEA) team. We explored ways in which assessments might be ‘joined up’ as an effective way of testing students’ ability to integrate learning from multiple modules, and providing meaningful opportunities for them to apply that learning in the solving of authentic problems – all the while providing valuable, creative means to address key learning and teaching priorities.

Full event report coming soon on our Embed Enterprise blog.

External Events

USEA may be able to offer CPD funding to cover travel expenses for academic/teaching colleagues attending external enterprise education events.

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